Winter is naturally a time for drawing in, getting cosy and finding fewer reasons to start big DIY projects. But just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean there aren’t maintenance jobs to do around the house. The plus-side is, most of them can be done in minutes with just a can of WD-40!
It’s a great time to tackle those maintenance projects that we put off in the summer months. As the cold sets in, those little overlooked niggles around the house slowly become major issues. But help is at hand. Armed with just a can of WD-40, you can tackle these jobs with ease, really improving things in your home.
WD-40 is often overlooked as a cleaning product, however its unique formula is great for some of those ‘out-of-the-ordinary’ cleaning tasks.
If you’ve got a family, chances are you’ve got pencil or crayon marks on the walls somewhere in your home. Kids sometimes see walls as blank canvasses for their own self-expression. Great for their learning and development, but not so great for you when it’s your pristine living room wall! WD-40 is great for getting rid of waxy crayon and pencil marks on paintwork, often succeeding where soapy water and elbow grease have failed. Simply spray onto the marks, leave to work for a few seconds, and then wipe with a damp, clean cloth. This trick can work on wallpaper too, but it’s sensible to test on an inconspicuous area first.
Similarly, you may hold your children responsible for scuff marks you find on the woodwork around your home. (Although this is more likely to be a lack of spatial awareness than artistic expression, especially if you’ve got teenagers!) Black-soled school shoes are notorious for scuffing on white woodwork such as skirting boards, doors and door frames. Once again, these scuff marks can be removed in an instant with WD-40. Just a quick spray and wipe and your white gloss will look as good as new again. You can use this same technique on floors too. WD-40 is safe to use on wood, laminate and tile floors, and will make easy work of scuff marks, especially in high traffic areas.
Easy outdoor maintenance
A simple but effective use that can help keep the outside of your home looking good.
OK, so this one is technically outside, but it’s a quick job and will improve the view from your living room window no end. Oil spots on a driveway are a pain, but so common that we sometimes don’t even see them. Clean your driveway of snow one winter morning and you’ll notice just how many oil and grease spots have accumulated on your block paving. WD-40 is great for removing oil and grease from brickwork and concrete. The degreasing properties can help to lift and dissolve staining where ordinary soap and water can’t.
Take your WD-40 and apply a liberal coating to each spot, saturating the area to ensure it’s covered the stain. Leave it to work for five or ten minutes, or up to an hour if it’s a dark spot. Then sluice off with boiling water straight out of the kettle.
As the cold weather really begins to bite, draughts become all the more noticeable.
WD-40 can’t fix draughts as such, but you can use it to improve how draught elimination products work. This will definitely help make a difference to your heating bill over the season. Door curtains are a great way of keeping out the chill at night, but if they haven’t been used much over the summer, the runners or rings can be sticky and even snap if you pull on them too hard. Spray WD-40 onto a dry, clean cloth and wipe over the front and back of all your curtain runners and poles. Your curtains will swish back and forth effortlessly for months! Do this for window curtains and blind runners too.
If you’re really going after those draughts, then cleaning your window and door seals can really help. Apply a good squirt of WD-40 to rubber seals and wipe clean with a cloth. It will not only refresh seals and leave them looking as good as new, but can remove dirt, moisture and moss that may have gathered in crevices (and may be affecting the efficiency of the seal). If you’re going to apply new stick-on seals to any doors and windows, give the frames a clean with WD-40 first so you’ve got a clean surface to work with.
WD-40 is safe to use on PVC as well as painted wooden frames. After wiping down all areas with WD-40, remove any lubricant remaining with a damp clean cloth and allow to air dry before you apply the stick-on seals.
Beating back the freeze
Once it gets really cold, the mornings can become a constant battle against frost and ice. Again, WD-40’s here to give you a hand.
We’ve all lost our temper at some point as we’ve rushed out of the house late to find our car is a frozen block of ice. WD-40 helps to displace moisture, so if you know it’s going to be a frosty night, pop out with a can of WD-40 in the evening. Spraying the car locks with WD-40 ensures they won’t be frozen up come the morning. Simple!
Similarly, spray WD onto a clean rag and wipe round door seals, window edges and windscreen wiper blades, and they won’t ice up overnight. If snow is an issue and you’ve got to dig the car out, give the snow shovel and your car scraper a quick spritz with WD-40 before you start. The lubricant qualities will stop the snow from sticking and clogging up your efforts to clear it away.
This tip works for garage, shed and outdoor locks and hinges too. Spray WD-40 in padlocks and on exposed hinges to protect them from rust, corrosion and help lubricate them through the cold weather. That way you won’t have any seized locks and hinges come the spring thaw.
Whatever the weather, don’t resign your WD-40 to the garage or shed this winter. Keep it handy, and you’ll be singing praises to this little blue and yellow can all winter long.